A protest in Paris against the Israeli incursion into Gaza turned into an ugly episode of anti-Semitism when marchers attacked a synagogue on Sunday. The protestors trapped hundreds inside, threatening to kill them, until the congregants were rescued by a police unit. The Guardian reports:
As the demonstration broke up, a large group headed to the Abravanel synagogue where about 150 people had gathered for a memorial service for three Israeli teenagers found murdered in the West Bank.Neighbours said the protesters had picked up chairs from a cafe nearby and tried to break through a police barrier outside the synagogue, where worshippers remained trapped for several hours.Six police and two members of the Jewish community were injured, and six protesters were arrested.
An occupant of the synagogue said the attack felt, “like it was an intifada.” Meanwhile, reports indicate there was also an unspecified attack on another synagogue that day. These incidents followed the firebombing of the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a Paris suburb, on Friday night. Fortunately there were no casualties.As we have noted since 2012, anti-Semitisim has been growing steadily worse both in France and in Europe in general. Disaffected Muslim residents of France’s banlieues (slum-suburbs) continue to radicalize. Several hundred young Frenchmen have joined the ranks of jihadists in Syria, and some have decided to continue the terror at home. Between the hardcore jihadists, the rioters, and the anti-Semites, the trends are worrying. With war continuing to roil the Middle East, we do not expect this to change anytime soon.